Symbols of the world's religions



Waryam Singh Sahni

At 8 am [Poona 14 Jan 1956] Baba's green colour car reached the darshan place. Baba was sitting in the front seat wearing pink coat. Baba was so beautiful and radiant. I felt that I had not seen any man or woman so beautiful and was crying inside me 'Baba, Baba ...'. I felt Baba was responding to everyone. He was like a Bright Sun with His rays of Light and Love all around. I was just melting in His presence and wanted to keep looking at Him only.

Baba alighted the car and went inside the building and after some time darshan started. I was in queue for darshan. While in queue I do not remember what I was thinking. But it was a special feeling to be in the orbit of the Avatar. After some time my turn came. I do not remember whether I bowed at Baba's feet or He embraced me but I remember Baba gave me Prasad and with one hand gestured (closing his fingers below His chin) sign of beard; my father had long beard. Brother Eruch translated His gesture, Baba says, "Go and give Prasad to Pritam Ji." I felt, Baba gave me the experience that He was all Knowing.

I came back home and gave the Prasad of Baba to my father. For several days together I was feeling Baba's presence and now I too longed like my father to have His darshan as soon as possible. I waited for another two years before I had His darshan for the second time....

It is so difficult to reconstruct that atmosphere but surely I shall bring out what I remember. On the first day Baba came in a regal manner and He occupied His seat. One Mr. Pandey was taking Baba's photo. Baba remarked to him regarding some photo which he might have clicked earlier. He said, "What a wonderful photo you have taken! It showed as if Baba is giving birth to Baba." He was so encouraging to the minutest and meanest efforts of ours.

Baba then gave a discourse. "In my previous incarnations, God had the chance of playing the part as God the father, but in this incarnation, God has the chance of playing both the part as God the Father and God the Mother."

We were then standing in queue for His darshan. I was in the line with album of photos (which I had taken during my first darshan at Poona on 14 Jan 56) behind my father. My father's turn came and Baba said to him, "Pritamji PREETAM se miliye". Preetam means beloved. So Baba in His humorous style meant, 'Beloved please meet the BELOVED'. I must have embraced and bowed to Him. But I do not remember; I was blank then.

Each day would end with His arti and every one felt like being in His presence all the time. It is the rarest privilege which few of this mankind got to be in the presence of the Avatar who being the personification of Love had come only for giving and receiving love.

One day during the Parvardigar prayer we all were facing Baba who was also standing with folded hands and some one was reciting the prayer. My mind was running towards the door of the Pandal. But when it reached the door, some hidden hand brought it back till the prayer was finished. Baba showed me His authority. In His presence our body, mind and soul were all His.


BABA'S GRACE, pp. 9-14
2005 © Waryam Singh Sahni


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